What is yuckier than cleaning the toilet? The toilet brush itself! Even if you rinse the brush afterward with a fresh flush of clean water, there are still germs sticking to those bristles. Plus, when you put the brush back into its holder, the water left on your brush will pool inside the dish, which only helps those clinging germs to multiply and flourish. Then, the next time you clean, you transfer those germs to your toilet, and the never-ending cycle continues. (Ugh, we're gagging just thinking about it.)
The Lumi toilet brush aims to stop this madness by utilizing UV technology. It couldn’t be easier to use: You just stick your brush into the base and the self-cleaning begins automatically. The base surrounds the brush on all sides with UV light set at specific wavelengths to kill germs like E. coli and staph. And an aluminum coating ensures that the UV light is reflected in every direction, so there’s nowhere for a germ to hide! A blue LED light lets you know when the cleaning has started and ended, a cycle that lasts about five minutes.
Lumi also addresses the issue of dirty water two ways: Drain vents and an evaporation pan in the base allow any water to dry up quickly and completely—away from the bristles—so there’s never any standing water to breed germs. In addition, the brush head is replaceable, which cuts down on waste and the expense of having to buy new brushes.
The Kickstarter campaign is currently fully funded (15 times over!) and the Lumi will be on its way to backers in June. Now if only the creators could invent a whole toilet bowl that self-cleans—or, better yet, a bathroom!
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